EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.
1. #SURGERY: Over half of Ireland’s public hospitals have people waiting more than 12 months for surgery, TheJournal.ie has revealed. Figures from the Patient Treatment Register have shown that 285 people had been waiting more than one year as of the end of January 2013.
2. #NORTHERN IRELAND: It is believed that a major bomb attack was foiled last night after the PSNI intercepted a van in Derry. Over 100 homes were evacuated as a result of the incident. Three men in their 30s are being questioned by detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch.
3. #KILKENNY: A man in his 50s has died after his car collided with a lorry in Kilkenny late last night. The incident occurred when his car, in which he was the sole occupant, collided with a lorry on the N25 at Luffany, Slieverue, Mooncoin in Co Kilkenny at around 9.15pm.
4. #DISTRICT COURT: The man who was arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy to murder is to appear at Cork District Court today. The man, who is to be charged with the offence, is believed to be the son of a former politician.
5. #NICOLA FURLONG: The trial into the death of Nicola Furlong, who was found strangled in a Tokyo hotel last May, is to begin today. Her family have travelled to Japan to attend the case, which it’s believed will run for two weeks. Richard Hinds, a 19-year-old musician from Memphis in the US, stands accused of her murder.
6. #POST MORTEM: A post mortem is to be carried today on the body of a man who was shot dead in Dublin last night. The shooting took pace in Cabra in north Dublin when two men in dark clothing entered the pub and fired a number of shots.
7. #THE VATICAN: Pre-conclave talks are to begin today, ahead of the election of a new pope. 115 “cardinal electors” are expected to be involved in the Conclave. Irish priest Fr Tony Flannery has told TheJournal.ie that he is not optimistic that a new pope can bring lasting change, describing the Vatican as a “dysfunctional system”.
8. #QUEEN ELIZABETH II: Queen Elizabeth II is to spend her second day in hospital, after she was diagnosed as having gastroenteritis. The British monarch was hospitalised yesterday at London’s King Edward VII hospital as a “precautionary measure”, according a spokesperson for the palace.
9. #HIV: A baby that was born with HIV appears to be been cured. The child, from Mississippi in the US, is now 2.5 years old and has been off medication for around a year, with no signs of infection. If the child was to remain disease free, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure from the disease.
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